Thaxton and Associates Office and Retail Building by Griffin Enright Architects has received the Second Award at International Architecture Awards 2018. International Architecture Awards 2018 is the annual Awards hosted by Architecture Podium. After the consecutive success in hosting IAA, Architecture Podium in its Third year had launched IAA 2018 with even more Categories and Awards.
In previous years, Architecture Podium created one of the largest awards in architecture and design with some of the esteemed studios as winners like Aedas, TerreformOne, Rockwell Group, Pepe Gascon Arquitectura, Morphogenesis, Dada & Partners, Nadaaa, XTEN Architecture, Mecanoo, ABIBOO Architecture and many more from across the globe making IAA one of the most successful awards. The mission of the IAA Award and Competition is to provide a fair, ethical and competitive platform for architects and designers and innovators from all design fields with different experience levels, diverse disciplines, and market focus to compete on while providing them a global audience to showcase their success and talents to.
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Located on a busy Studio City thoroughfare near restaurants and shops, the dynamic surfaces of this 6,000 square foot mixed-use building reactivates the neighborhood with animated, glazed openings that link the building to the street through the careful direction of views. The facade directs focus from and to a variety of points surrounding the site through peel-out windows and cantilevered rooms, allowing front and side elevations to orient their views to the street while extending the office interiors. A cantilevered conference space defines the front corner while the animated alley facade brings life to a formerly ignored space.
As the horizontal window boxes peel away from the building, they allow the interior to engage the building’s public presence, giving specific but varying glimpses to passing walkers and drivers. By creating these shared views, the building discovers a kind of urbanism that invigorates the pedestrian street while maximizing its full site footprint. The scale and orientation of these glimpses likewise captures the street itself and nearby corner gas station: a nod to the ‘car culture’ so inherent to Los Angeles. This choreography of neighborhood-connecting views has already made the building’s design a new and local landmark.